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Why Even Small Sites Should Use a CMS

Luke Wakefield - Tuesday, November 26, 2013

One of the services offered by WYSI is free web design consultations for small-business owners. We often work with businesses that have a static website, and now feel the need to upgrade to something more sophisticated. Transferring their content can be a time-consuming and labour-intensive process.

When those companies had their first website built, they elected to go with a static design because they thought that a fully fledged content management system was unnecessary, and now they are realising how essential a good CMS is.

When business owners come to us for web design quotes, we base our offering on providing a fully featured Siteglide CMS. That content management system lays the groundwork for all kinds of websites, from a site with just three or four pages to a huge online store.

Easy to Update and Upgrade

Static websites can only be updated by someone who understands the underlying mark-up and file structure. If you want to add a new page, you don't just have to add the content — you also need to create a new HTML file and add links to the new page on every other relevant page on the site. In contrast, updating a CMS is as simple as logging in to the management panel and adding the content using a WYSIWYG editor. No technical knowledge is required.

In addition, if you decide you want to change your content management system, you can export the content using a script, and import it to the new system fairly easily. If you want to add new features to your website, you can do so with plug-ins or other add-ons. Static websites are incredibly restrictive. A good content management system such as Siteglide can future-proof your site and will grow with your business.

If you are new to the web, it can be difficult to anticipate the needs of your business, but you should think of your website as an investment. Choosing a solid, industry-standard set-up for your website today will ensure that you do not end up out of pocket and with something difficult to manage a few years down the line.

If you are looking for web design quotes, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can take advantage of a free no-obligation consultation, and we will be happy to help you get the website you have always wanted for your business.

Wysi are based in Thatcham House, Thatcham, Berkshire and our customers span the UK, France and beyond. Personal consultations are offered to businesses based in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey, London and the Home Counties.

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